The 6 Best Affordable Drugstore Mascaras From Boots
Mascara is an essential in everyone’s makeup bag; long, fluttery lashes suit everyone and complete every makeup look. Whilst there are certainly some brilliant high end mascaras out there, not all of us have the budget to splash out, especially when mascara is a product that many of us repurchase multiple times a year.
As a student with limited spending money, I often opt for drugstore mascaras, and I’ve found that many of them are just as good, if not better than some of the more pricey mascaras I’ve tried. I have curated a list of the best drugstore mascaras that’ll give you luscious lashes without breaking the bank.
Here are 6 Favourites From The Boots Mascara Collection:
L’Oréal Paradise Mascara - £11.99
When it comes to drugstore mascaras, L’Oréal is a brand that really stands out. Their ‘Paradise’ mascara has quickly become a favourite amongst the beauty community and it’s easy to see why. Its wand is reminiscent of the Too Faced ‘Better than Sex’ mascara and its sleek rose gold packaging makes this mascara look as if it could be a high end product.
This is a great all rounder mascara. It lengthens, provides thickness, and defines your lashes, leaving them clump free. It also has a super soft bristle applicator, so it’s ideal if your eyes are sensitive.
L’Oréal Miss Hippie Mascara - £7.99
Another brilliant and underrated mascara from L’Oréal is their ‘Miss Hippie’ mega volume mascara. This mascara isn’t the most lengthening out there, but it definitely gives your lashes volume, and what I love about this mascara is how feathery it makes your lashes look.
This mascara is also ideal for those who often have the issue of it smudging onto their under eyes throughout the day as it has great endurance power. I’ve found that it can be worn all day without any transfer.
Another brand that makes great mascaras is Maybelline, with one of their most popular ones (and a personal favourite of mine) being the ‘Lash Sensational’ mascara. This mascara is loved by many, including YouTube star Zoella, and is definitely a worthwhile purchase if you’re looking for ultra-thick and highly defined lashes.
A great thing about Maybelline mascaras is that the formulas are always super black, so they’re great for giving dark and dramatic eye looks. This particular one also has a curved wand which helps to lift and curl your lashes. So, this is also a brilliant option if you have straight lashes that need some extra help to maintain curl throughout the day.
Maybelline’s ‘The Falsies Push Up Drama’ mascara is another great product from the brand. With its red and purple metallic packaging, this mascara looks gorgeous in your makeup bag and on your lashes. This mascara can become clumpy if not applied carefully, however it’s great for those with very short straight lashes as it gives so much lift that actually lasts all day.
It’s also great for those who don’t have a lot of time in the morning as you don’t need to curl your lashes beforehand in order to achieve maximum lift and curl with this mascara. The thick formula means that one coat is all you need to achieve full lashes.
Moving on from Maybelline, the Collection 2000 ‘Lash Surge’ mascara is another popular drugstore option that is definitely one of the most affordable mascaras out there. This mascara is also a good all-rounder as it lengthens and gives plenty of volume to provide that false lash look. It is also great if you find your mascara smudges throughout the day, because it doesn’t transfer or flake off with time, so it looks just as good at the end of the day as it does when you first apply it.
Finally, the Bourjois ‘Volume Glam Ultra Curl’ mascara is one that I’ve been reaching for since I started using makeup. Bourjois mascaras are so underrated as they’re always high quality and give you beautifully defined lashes.
Like the ‘Lash Sensational’ mascara, this one has a curved wand which gives you curled lashes without having to use an eyelash curler beforehand. This mascara is also great as it’s so versatile. A single coat can be applied for a more subtle look, but it’s easy to build this product to create dramatic lashes that stay lifted and curled all day.
Written by Rachel S.D.B